Kid just loves him some cows (komos) wrote,
Kid just loves him some cows

A few thoughts concerning current brews

Both the Apple Wit and the Umlaut Kölsch got bottled last night. My feelings on them are mixed, even though they've both come through the long ferment in the heat relatively unscathed.

The Apple Wit came a bit more cidery than I had hoped, and mind you, this is hard cider and not the sweet commercial ciders like Magners and its ilk. It's tasty, but I'm almost thinking that the Granny Smiths might have been too much for a simpler beer style. I think I'd like to try running fewer than ten lbs. or perhaps a different variety for another attempt at a wheat. The other thought I had was to go all out with a golden ale and spice it like apple pie. Either route has promise.

The Kölsh is a bit more spicy than what I'm accustomed to from the style. I'm not sure if it's because of the less than ideal conditions of the ferment, or if I should cut back on the hops in the boil. Again, it's emminently drinkable (and pretty, too), but I'm pondering ways to make it balance better. I will be very happy once the summer heat breaks and I can have better control of temperatures and results.

I'll be cracking both sometime next week. I'm also thinking that I might do a q&d brew one night this week and an actual Sunday moot sometime soon.

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